Why do people keep these animals as pets? Is it to show off? We had a lady at a local pet shop keep a lion in a tiny cage until the SPCA finally rescued this creature. I understand cute little puppies and kitties, that you can play with and keep you company, but a snake? Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh MY! Leave then be! They are not domesticated, don't want to be, and never will be! I love animals and I am even a vegetarian, but just because I don't eat them doesn't mean I want to go and keep a herd of zoo animals in my back yard. Geeeesh!!!